Friday, December 30, 2011

A Rothco Video Review With Hans On Rothco's Gen III Polar Fleece Liner

Rothco's Gen III Polar Fleece Liner

Get an inside look at one of our most popular new cold weather items the Gen III Polar Fleece Jacket/ Liner with Hans Blechschmidt. The Gen III / Level 3 ECWCS Polar fleece Jacket is available in 3 colors including Foliage Green, Coyote Brown and Black from S to 3XL. You can view Rothco's entire line of military outerwear here and to view the Foliage Green Gen III Polar Fleece Jacket from the video click here


Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Special Holiday Message from Rothco

From everyone here at Rothco, we hope that you have a wonderful holiday and joyous New Year! 

 Click Above for a Special Holiday Greeting 
From  Rothco's Founder Milton Somberg and 
President Howard Somberg.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tis' The Season for Rothco to Give Back

In Lieu of Printed Holiday Cards - Rothco Sends Out
Digital Cards in Memory of Marc Somberg
As another year comes to a close and the holiday season kicks into full gear, Rothco likes to remember that this is the season for giving back. Throughout the year Rothco makes contributions to several charities but it is during the holiday season when everyone here at Rothco contributes. Each year, during this season, Rothco chooses several charities to sponsor, they must be directly related to helping children and in most cases (except for Operation Smile) they must be local and grass roots.  Everyone at Rothco takes great pleasure in donating to these causes because most of them are locally based and we get the opportunity to see the wonderful work they do for our communities.
Because What's Christmas Without
Toy's Under the Tree!

This year we are excited to report that through employee donations, Rothco's corporate matching program and the money we save by sending e-cards instead of printed cards in memory of Marc Somberg, Rothco was able to donate over $40,000!!!  That money will be put to great use and will be donated to 7 different charitable causes. For 2011 the charities Rothco will be donating to include:
  • The Hope House Ministries - Provides housing and counseling for at risk youth
  • Operation Smile - An organization that provides surgery to correct cleft palates in children around the world
  • Pronto - Provides services, food and housing to the Hispanic Community
  • Witness Housing - An organization that sponsors families in need to pay for housing and other costs of living
  • Our Daily Bread - A soup kitchen
    Christmas Magic -
    A organization that provides gifts of food, toys and clothing for the less fortunate
 In addition to monetary contributions, Rothco also participates in an annual holiday toy drive. This year we have already filled the box over 3 times! And from the several peeks I have taken, there looks to be some pretty cool gifts inside and will make for some very happy kids. But giving doesn't start there; during Thanksgiving Rothco employees will also donate their holiday Turkeys to local food kitchens and churches instead of taking them for themselves. 
Gobble Gobble!
You can read more about the charities Rothco participates in by visiting the about us page at I hope everyone has a wonderful and happy holiday! 

By Kristy Dineen

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Monday, December 05, 2011

Army-Navy: More Than Just a Game

Dating back to 1890, the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen have met every December (with a few exceptions) to clash horns and decides who claims bragging rights for toughest football team.  The history and tradition of the game makes no other rivalry in sports come close to comparing.   The array of patriotism and school spirit displayed by these two schools is an amazing inspiration.

The rivalry between the two academies, while friendly, is intense.  One week before the football game in 1953, the first reported kidnapping of “Bill the Goat” was announced.  A group of West Point Cadets snuck onto Annapolis campus with the help of a West Point foreign exchange student who lived at the Naval Academy.  After finding Bill behind the stadium, the cadets put the goat in the back of their convertible.  However, when taking Bill back to campus their cover was blown when Bill’s horns ripped through the roof of the car.  When they returned back to West Point with the goat they presented him to Army’s boisterous dinnertime pep rally.  Once the Navy midshipmen found out about the news they refused to go to class until the goat was returned.  The goat's return was ordered by officials from West Point as well as President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Army Slotback Patrick Mealy runs the ball in the second quarter.
"While we will be the fiercest of rivals on Saturday, it's a great rivalry because ultimately it's founded on respect. We respect one another at the institutional level and the individual level," said U.S. Military Academy Head Coach Rich Ellerson.
To this date, because of the tradition of the game it remains nationally televised.  Most of these players will not be moving onto a professional sports team.  The two teams play for the love of the game and the honor of their schools and country.  Every college football player has a goal to reach the NFL, but the players on these two teams have far different goals then all the other players in the nation.  After graduating they will proceed with the commitments they made to serve their country, and it is this fact that makes this game so great.

The game is especially emotional to the seniors on the team because it will typically be their last competitive football game of their careers.  During wartime the game is even more emotional, as some seniors will not return once they are deployed.
Weeks before kickoff, men and women of the Army and Navy display their school spirit with Go Army and Go Navy rants.  Posters and banners will be hung at the respective campuses this time of the year.  Now-a-days they even post comical videos online to cheer on their schools which are called “spirit spots.”  To the right is an Army spirit spot video where some soldiers kidnap Bill the Goat and serve him for dinner.

Whether you like watching football or not, you should tune in to watch the pageantry and tradition of the game.  It’s patriotism at its purest!  Can't wait to watch the game this Saturday!

Go Navy!

Peter Azzarone @ Rothco

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